Support Services for Skin Cancer
People who’ve had skin cancer are at greater risk for developing the disease again than those who’ve never had it. They also may require different types of support as they work to regain their health.
The only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center offers both expertise and a broad range of support services to people who’ve had (or currently have) skin cancer – from survivorship seminars to nutrition counseling to support groups, including one specifically for skin cancer patients.
Our skin cancer team also works closely with UT Southwestern’s Palliative Medicine specialists when necessary.
UT Southwestern’s multidisciplinary care team understands that managing skin cancer is about delivering proactive, whole-person care even after the disease has been treated.
While every case of skin cancer is different, our skin cancer experts recommend these general guidelines to people previously diagnosed with the disease:
- See your dermatologist for follow-up care and skin cancer screening as often as he or she suggests.
- Patients who’ve had melanoma and other particularly aggressive skin cancers may be advised to follow up regularly with their oncologists or surgeons as well.
- Minimize your sun exposure.
- This can be a major lifestyle change for people who enjoy being outdoors, but it’s critical for those who’ve had skin cancer to protect their skin. When you must be in the sun, wear long clothing, a hat and sunglasses – and apply sunscreen liberally to exposed skin every two hours.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a skin cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.